Carlo Ancelotti was embarrassed by Everton’s latest home defeat – to Sheffield United on Sunday – and declared: “We don’t have players with strong personality with the ball.”
Daniel Jebbison, 17, netted the game’s only goal in the seventh minute to leave the Toffees’ European hopes in tatters.
Everton have lost nine Premier League matches at Goodison Park this season, leaving them with the sixth worst home record in the division.
Bottom-half sides Newcastle, Fulham and Burnley had all won on the blue half of Merseyside before already-relegated Sheffield United joined that list.
Ancelotti said of the latest setback for his side: “It’s really difficult. I have to take the responsibility for this, of course, but I hope the players also take responsibility for this. I am really embarrassed.
“Fortunately we have supporters at home for the next game and I hope they wake us up because I think we need to wake up at home.
“It is really difficult to explain what is going on here at home.”
Ancelotti went on to question the quality of his players and suggested he may look to improve his squad in the summer.
“We don’t have players with strong personality with the ball,” he added. “We are a team with different characteristics and are more direct.
“One of the technical reasons for this poor run is that, when we try to build up from the back, we have difficulty and are a bit slow because we don’t have the confidence with the ball compared to the confidence we have without it.
“We try to play more attacking football, but it didn’t work as well as the direct attack and counterattack in the away games.
“This has never happened. Usually when you have difficulties in periods at home or away but then you react. This season has been really bad at home and a great reaction away.
“We need to look at this for next season and maybe try to have a better squad.”
Everton are now three points behind sixth-placed Tottenham, who are occupying the final European spot, with two games to go.
Asked about the Toffees chances of qualifying for European football next season, Ancelotti added: “We have two games until the end, I think we lost a great opportunity.
“Our chances now are less than before but the only way is to wait to try to get a result with the two games we have to play and see which position we are at the end.”
Ancelotti hopes the return of supporters – with 10,000 set to be at Goodison Park for their final home game of the season against Wolves on Wednesday – will give his side a much-needed kick.
“Fortunately we have supporters at our next game, I really hope that they wake us up because we need to wake up at home,” he said. “The supporters can help us to be more focused, concentrated.
“What is difficult to explain is why we did so well away from home and so bad at home. This is the same team, the same players. We have to improve soon and quickly.”